As the weather has turned colder, it’s time to follow some important winter tips for your chimney. These practices will help protect you, your chimney, and home.
Each year, you should have your chimney inspected for damage and abnormalities. This also includes looking over the gasket areas for any areas of concern. Along with looking over the actual chimney, do an inspection of the damper. You want to ensure that it is working as it should so you are protected from harm.
SWEEP AND CLEAN:
Beyond just doing a thorough review of the chimney, it is imperative that you do a chimney sweep and cleaning of the blowers. This removes particles and residue that could pose a fire hazard. Thus, you won’t have unnecessary build up which could ignite a fire.
While the inspections and cleaning are likely to prevent most issues, it is very important that you change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Should something go wrong, the alarms could be your last line of defense against a fatal injury.
Once you’ve completed these three winter tips, it’s now time to obtain quality firewood. You can either purchase this or cut your own. However, if this is fresh wood, you will need to let it sit for a while to allow it to dry out. The best fire wood generally has less than 20% moisture rate. This allows it to burn better and stronger fires.
Now that your chimney is clean and you have firewood, it is time to start a beautiful winter fire. Just make sure to always keep an eye on it. Cuddle up with a loved one in front of the fire and enjoy the winter. If you have questions or want to have your Bay Area home inspected, please contact Sal at the Irish Sweep.